As a young Navajo boy, Chester Nez had to leave the reservation and attend boarding school, where he was taught that his native language and culture were useless, but Chester refused to give up his heritage.
Years later, during World War II, Chester and other Navajo men like him were recruited by the US Marines to use the Navajo language to create an unbreakable military code. Suddenly, the language he had been told to forget was needed to fight a war.
This powerful picture book biography contains back matter including a timeline and a portion of the Navajo code, and also depicts the life of an original Navajo code talker while capturing the importance of heritage.
- Author: Joseph Bruchac
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (April 3, 2018)
- ISBN-10: 0807500070
- Product Dimensions:8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
About the Artist
As a writer and storyteller, Joseph Bruchac often draws on his Native American (Abenaki) ancestry. Joseph is the author of over 130 books for young readers and adults, including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two. He lives in New York. Liz Amini-Holmes holds a bachelor's of fine arts degree in illustration from the Academy of Art University and the University of San Francisco. She has illustrated other books for children including Fatty Legs, Miracle, and A Stranger at Home. She lives in California.
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